November 19, 2015

Episode Thirty-Six


Introduction
Find me on Ravelry and Instagram as mmontzka!

Join us in knitting for the many refugees now coming to Sweden. We will be collected newly knitted and lightly used knits to help keep people warm this winter season. Please send me a private message with details of where you can send your donations. Thank you!


A huge thank you to those of you who have already been in touch regarding your donations!!

This week in Stockholm


Works in Progress
STEEEEEK!!!!!

Check out this great tutorial from Kate Davies blog. 









Finished Projects

Upcoming


Happy Knitting :)

See you next week

November 7, 2015

Episode Thirty Five



Introduction
Find me on Ravelry and Instagram as mmontzka!

Join us in knitting for the many refugees now coming to Sweden. We will be collected newly knitted and lightly used knits to help keep people warm this winter season. Please send me a private message with details of where you can send your donations. Thank you!



A huge thank you to those of you who have already been in touch regarding your donations!!


Works in Progress







  • Kennebec Cowl by Dawn Catanzaro in The Wool Barn Silk Sock in Metal color held double.

Finished Projects

Upcoming

  • Ashland pullover by Julie Hoover in Loft!
    • Camper
    • Fossil
    • Sap
    • Blanket Fort
    • Postcard
    • Truffle Hunt


Happy Fall and Happy Knitting :)

See you next week

November 6, 2015

Episode Thirty Four


Introduction
Find me on Ravelry and Instagram as mmontzka!

It's been so much fun to watch people's progress on instagram and ravelry with the #shawlseasonKAL hashtag.

Join us in knitting for the many refugees now coming to Sweden. We will be collected newly knitted and lightly used knits to help keep people warm this winter season. Please send me a private message with details of where you can send your donations. Thank you!


Works in Progress

Finished Projects

October 20, 2015

Episode Thirty-Three



Introduction
Find me on Ravelry and Instagram as mmontzka!

The Dew Shawl was released on October 1st along with the kit in collaboration with Maya from the Wool barn. The kits included my pattern, yarn, a project bag, and a few other little helpful things. Thank you everyone who purchased a kit! If you missed out don't worry, there will be more. You can head over to the Wool Barn and pre-order a kit for either a large or small shawl :)

It's been so much fun to watch people's progress on instagram and ravelry with the #shawlseasonKAL hashtag.


Works in Progress
FOs

  • Oshima by Jared Flood. I'm using Cascade 220 Fingering in Mystic Purple
  • Neep Heid by Kate Davies in Jamieson's shetland spindrift  
Upcoming projects
  • A cowl for Thomas
Giveaway: AnniErdbeer from Germany #47

Q&A
Christina from CA asks about short rows.
Purpleneedle asks about swatching for lace


See you next week! And in the mean time, don't forget to check out our Ravelry group which is filled with great people.

Show notes brought to you by Kira from A Work in Progress Blog

October 5, 2015

Episode Thirty Two


Introduction
Find me on Ravelry and Instagram as mmontzka!

The Dew Shawl was released on October 1st along with the kit in collaboration with Maya from the Wool barn. The kits included my pattern, yarn, a project bag, and a few other little helpful things. Thank you everyone who purchased a kit! If you missed out don't worry, there will be more. You can head over to the Wool Barn and pre-order a kit for either a large or small shawl :)

It's been so much fun to watch people's progress on instagram and ravelry with the #shawlseasonKAL hashtag.

Giveaways

  • Dew kit give away
  • Check the Ravelry group for the announcements of who won other patterns
  • You can still enter to win a shawl in the chatter thread for the shawlseasonKAL


Knitcation- aka stay at home and knit all day.

Works in Progress
FOs
Upcoming projects
Technique Tip
A lot of people call all color work projects "fair isle" and don't realize that fair isle is just one type of color work. "Fair isle is to colorwork as kleenex is to tissue." 


See you next week! And in the mean time, don't forget to check out our Ravelry group which is filled with great people.

Show notes brought to you by Kira from A Work in Progress Blog

September 28, 2015

Episode Thirty-One

Introduction
Find me on Ravelry and Instagram as mmontzka!

I have a new shawl pattern coming soon! It is called the Dew Shawl and it will be released on October 1st. There will be a kit in collaboration with Maya from the Wool barn. The kit will include my pattern, yarn, a project bag, and a few other little helpful things. The pattern will also be available just by itself on Ravelry. But either way, it is perfect for the  #shawlseasonKAL! I'll be giving away a few of the patterns, comment on this week's episode thread and you'll be entered to win. To enter to win one of the kits enter over on a thread I'll make just for that purpose.



I love seeing your projects and pictures on instagram and ravelry.

I've extended the Agatha Socks giveaway to next week because I love seeing your responses on Ravelry. Head over to this thread at the Ravelry group.

I'm also going to be giving away a couple of copies of the Bonbon Shawlete by Fluffy Fibers. I'll pull the winners from the chatter thread for the shawl season KAL.


Works in Progress





In the works

  • Kennebeck by Dawn Catanzaro, a lovely cowl in brioche out of Brooklyn Tweed's Wool People Vol. 5, for Thomas.
  • If you have any ideas of a nice large warm brioche shawl let me know because I'm on the look out for a brioche shawl for myself. I'm thinking of making Askews Me Dickey by Stephen West but I'm not sure yet. 


Questions and Answers
A viewer asked: Do you ever come across a stitch a few rows back that looks funny? Do you go back and fix it? Or just leave it?

Usually I drop the stitch down and fix it, then bring the stitches back up with a crochet hook.

If you have a question feel free to ask it in the Questions and Suggestions thread over in our Ravelry Group or send me a pm on Ravelry. I do my best to answer messages but I have less time now that I'm in school again so it might take a little while.



See you next week! And in the mean time, don't forget to check out our Ravelry group which is filled with great people.

September 24, 2015

Episode 30

Episode Thirty

Introduction
Find me on Ravelry and Instagram as mmontzka!

I have a shawl pattern and kit in the works. It's a collaboration with Maya from the Wool barn. The kit will include my pattern, yarn, a project bag, and a few other little helpful things. I'm so excited for you all to see the new pattern. It will come out in the beginning of the October. So it is perfect for the  #shawlseasonKAL! I love seeing your projects and pictures on instagram and ravelry.

Works in Progress
  • Wheaton wrap by Anne Hanson from the Wool people Vol. 5. I'm using Loft yarn in the long johns colorway. 
  • I started knitting the sleeves for the kid sweater I'm making for Thomas' nephew in the Bohus tradition. It's an improvised pattern with a gradient yoke. So far I've just started the sleeves.
Giveaway
In honor of the one year blogaversary of the New Hampshire Knits podcast I'll be giving away a copy of her new sock pattern, Agatha. Leave a comment in the thread on the ravelry group to be entered to win.


See you next week!



September 9, 2015

Episode Twenty Nine

Episode Twenty-Nine
Introduction
Find me on Ravelry and Instagram as mmontzka!

I have a new shawl pattern: my Succulent shawl is now available on ravelry. To celebrate the new shawl and the start of fall I'm going to have a new knit along. Use the #Shawlseasonkal on instagram or ravelry. It will run until the end of November (the 30th). I'm planning on releasing another shawl pattern in time for you to use that shawl for the KAL as well, so don't worry you can have multiple entries. There will probably be prizes (pm me on ravelry if you'd like to submit a prize as a sponsor).


Finished Projects
Works in Progress

I received a lovely package from Zazu yarns with some mini skeins and some full sized skeins as well as a few other treats. I can't wait to use them!




See you next week!

Episode Twenty-Eight

Episode Twenty-Eight
Introduction
Find me on Ravelry and Instagram as mmontzka.

What I'm wearing: water lily by Meghan Fernandes.

Introducing two new patterns, available now on Ravelry!

Tag me or use the #stitchedinsweden or #meristemmittens so I can see your projects as you work on them :)


Works in Progress

  • Arne and Carlos Fall night socks with a fish lips kiss heel. 
  • Egret sweater, the pattern is Sibella Pullover by Carrie Bostick Hoge. It's living in a bag from fondant fiber.
    • I added some short rows to the yoke in the back of the sweater to keep it from riding up in the front on my neck. If you have more questions about short rows and sweaters just ask them in the comments and I'll maybe do a video about them. 
    • I used quince and co Chickadee yarn, I love this yarn! 
Upcoming projects



I'm planning on some sweaters for Thomas' nephew and niece in the Bohus tradition, based on the book Poems of Color by interweave press.

See you next week!

August 25, 2015

Episode Twenty-Seven


Introduction

Find me on Ravelry and Instagram as mmontzka

Meristem is now available on Ravelry! Use #meristemmittens on Instagram and Ravelry 


Works in Progress

Finished Projects

Technique Tip

Taming the Tubular Cast-on from Twist Collective. This article provides a step by step explanation of 3 different methods of the tubular cast on, as well as clear diagrams for the "anatomy of the tubular cast on"

See you next week!

August 18, 2015

Episode Twenty-Six


Introduction

Find me on Ravelry and Instagram as mmontzka!

Works in Progress


Finished Projects

  • Arrowhead {free} sock design in progress! knit in Mint Rain Yarns in the Bubblegum color way
    • Check out her shop and enter the code stitchedinsweden for 10% off from now until Oct 31st

Technique Tip

Check out Ysolda's blog for great tutorials! I've used the one on how to do a tubular cast on this week. 

See you next week!

August 11, 2015

Episode Twenty-Five


Introduction

Find me on Ravelry and Instagram as mmontzka!

Looking for yarn shops in Stockholm? Check out Makeri14 or Litet Nystan.

This week in Stockholm (and acquisitions)

Lots of pattern writing!

Works in Progress

  • Arrowhead {free} sock design in progress! knit in Mint Rain Yarns in the Bubblegum color way
    • Check out her shop and enter the code stitchedinsweden for 10% off from now until Oct 31st
  • Shawl Design size small in Lanitium ex Machina Basic sock in "Automaton" 

Finished Projects

  • Shawl Design in 
    • in Holst Garn from Makeri14 in "Iced" color way 

Technique Tip

Sock cuffs. Cast on more stitches to work for the rib for an extra stretch cuff. This will all be explained in detail in my new free sock pattern. 


See you next week!

August 4, 2015

Episode Twenty Four


Introduction

Find me on Ravelry and Instagram as mmontzka!

Tag your pictures of my designs or what you're knitting while watching the podcast with #stitchedinsweden so I can see them on Instagram!

Ria vest is now available on Ravelry!

This week in Stockholm (and acquisitions)

Thank you for your feedback from last week about sharing designs on the podcast before they're published.

We had a lovely weekend at the summer house :)




Works in Progress

  • Fish lips kiss heel socks
    • 2.25mm Karbonz
    • contrast heel and toe
    • arne & carlos Regia Fall Night
  • New {free} sock design in progress! knit in Mint Rain Yarns in the Bubblegum color way
    • Check out her shop and enter the code stitchedinsweden for 10% off from now until Oct 31st
  • Shawl Design in 
    • in Holst Garn from Makeri14 in "Iced" color way 
  • Comodo by Nicola Susen 
    • in Cherry Tree Hill yarn Supersock Lace colorway: Winter Field
    • Hiya Hiya Sharps interchangable US5 3.75mm
    • Join the instagram KAL #COMODOKAL

Finished Projects

  • Meristem Mittens by Maria Montzka

Technique Tip

Check out the importance of YO direction. Ysolda has a great explanation on her blog


See you next week!

July 28, 2015

Episode twenty three

Introduction

In case you missed Episode 21 because I never posted show notes...Here it is! Sorry if the volume is too low. It should be fixed in Episode 23.


Find me on Ravelry and Instagram as mmontzka!

Tag your pictures of my designs or what you're knitting while watching the podcast with #stitchedinsweden so I can see them on Instagram!

Ria vest is now available on Ravelry!

This week in Stockholm (and acquisitions)

Thank you for the feedback on the volume. I'm working with a new mic this week so please do let me know how it sounds for you!

What do you think about sharing designs before they are published?

Two lovely skeins of soft sock yarn from Mint Rain Yarns

  • Check out her shop and enter the code stitchedinsweden for 10% off from now until Oct 31st
  • Color ways: Bubblegum and Apple

Works in Progress

  • Comodo by Nicola Susen 
    • in Cherry Tree Hill yarn Supersock Lace colorway: Winter Field
    • Hiya Hiya Sharps interchangable US5 3.75mm
    • Join the instagram KAL #COMODOKAL
  • Fish lips kiss heel socks
    • 2.25mm Karbonz
    • contrast heel and toe
    • arne & carlos Regia Fall Night



  •  Meristem Mittens by Maria Montzka

  • Swatching for a new design in
    • Quince and Co. Chickadee in the Iceland color way

  • New shawl design on the needles 

Finished Projects


  • Tea Time sampler from The Frosted Pumpkin Stitchery

Technique Tip

Make the most of your swatching! 

Q&A

Cathie from the UK asks, "Why do you call your latest baby top Ria? Do you find it easy naming patterns?

Useful software for knitwear designers: StitchMastery font!

See you next week!

July 21, 2015

Episode Twenty Two

Introduction

I hope the volume is better this week. Please let me know!

Find me on Ravelry and Instagram as mmontzka!

Tag your pictures of my designs or what you're knitting while watching the podcast with #stitchedinsweden so I can see them on Instagram!

Ria vest is now available on Ravelry!


This week in France!

Thank you to everyone who has been in touch while I've been away. I had an awesome trip in France with very little wifi. It was nice to disconnect for a while but I'm also happy to be back :) 


Works in Progress

  • Comodo by Nicola Susen 
    • in Cherry Tree Hill yarn Supersock Lace colorway: Winter Field
    • Hiya Hiya Sharps interchangable US5 3.75mm
    • Join the instagram KAL #COMODOKAL


  • Tea Time sampler from The Frosted Pumpkin Stitchery


Technique Tip

Ravelry photo sharing now available for direct upload from Instagram! 
Use a separate needle for each color while cross stitching so that you don't have to re-thread needles all the time!


Q&A



See you next week!

June 9, 2015

Episode Twenty!

Introduction

Find me on Ravelry and Instagram as mmontzka!

Tag your pictures of my designs or what you're knitting while watching the podcast with #stitchedinsweden so I can see them on Instagram!

Both of my shawl designs are now available with both written and charted instructions.
Lattice
Swedish Spring Shawl

This week in Stockholm (and acquisitions) 

Thank you for the sweet birthday wishes and messages! I had such a great day on Friday with Family and all of you wonderful knitting friends :) 
  •  SpringLatticKAL Winners!!! 
    • #25 Knit24 - project bag from podcast friend
    • #18 DinkyDebbie - yarn of your choice from me
    • #38 Fyrefli12 - project bag from LouLeigh
Congratulations to the Winners! Thank you so much to everyone who participated in the KAL :) I love seeing your projects. Another big thank you to the prize donators!


Works in Progress




Finished Projects

Technique Tip

How do you use short rows?

Have a question? Ask! I'm happy to answer questions in the show.

Sunrise/Sunset in Stockholm
3:34am/9:59pm


See you next week!

June 2, 2015

Episode Nineteen


Introduction

Find me on Ravelry and Instagram as mmontzka!

Tag your pictures of my designs or what you're knitting while watching the podcast with #stitchedinsweden so I can see them on Instagram!

Lattice shawl now available on Ravelry!

Swedish Spring Shawl is now available for download on Ravelry :) I've added an additional chart that you can download now if you would like to extend the lace edge for another repeat.

This week in Stockholm (and acquisitions) 

  • Join the shawl KAL on Ravelry :) We will be knitting Lattice and Swedish Spring Shawls. The KAL will run from May 1st - June 5th. Check out Ravelry for more information. Use the #SpringLatticeKAL to follow along :)
  • Shop LouLeigh on Etsy has a beautiful project bag to give away in the SpringLatticeKAL! 

Works in Progress



Finished Projects




  • Waterlily by Megan Fernandes
    • Drops Baby Alpaca Silk color 1760

Technique Tip

How to wind a skein using a knitty knotty.



Q&A

How do you measure your knits?

Have a question? Ask! I'm happy to answer questions in the show.

See you next week!

May 26, 2015

Episode Eighteen


Introduction

Find me on Ravelry and Instagram as mmontzka!

Tag your pictures of my designs or what you're knitting while watching the podcast with #stitchedinsweden so I can see them on Instagram!

Lattice shawl now available on Ravelry!

Swedish Spring Shawl is now available for download on Ravelry :) I've added an additional chart that you can download now if you would like to extend the lace edge for another repeat.

This week in Stockholm (and acquisitions) 

  • Join the shawl KAL on Ravelry :) We will be knitting Lattice and Swedish Spring Shawls. The KAL will run from May 1st - June 5th. Check out Ravelry for more information. Use the #SpringLatticeKAL to follow along :)
  • Shop LouLeigh on Etsy has a beautiful project bag to give away in the SpringLatticeKAL! 
  • Quince and Co Tern in Terra Cotta 

Works in Progress


Technique Tip

How to do a lateral braid (like for the Waterlily top) without cutting your yarn! Check out this tutorial. 

Q&A

Sticksnspokes asks about wool sensitivity. How have you overcome wool sensitivity?

Have a question? Ask! I'm happy to answer questions in the show.

See you next week!

May 19, 2015

Episode Seventeen


Introduction

Find me on Ravelry and Instagram as mmontzka!

Tag your pictures of my designs or what you're knitting while watching the podcast with #stitchedinsweden so I can see them on Instagram!

Lattice shawl now available on Ravelry!

Swedish Spring Shawl is now available for download on Ravelry :) I've added an additional chart that you can download now if you would like to extend the lace edge for another repeat.

This week in Stockholm (and acquisitions) 

  • Join the shawl KAL on Ravelry :) We will be knitting Lattice and Swedish Spring Shawls. The KAL will run from May 1st - June 5th. Check out Ravelry for more information. Use the #SpringLatticeKAL to follow along :)
  • Swap package from Mina!


  • Drops Baby Alpaca Silk in color 1760 and 4088

Works in Progress



Technique Tip

How to do a smooth bias bind off. Check out this tutorial and pictures by Cocoknits. This is a great way to get a smooth neckline

Q&A

Lisa from New Zealand asks:
I notice that you knit your shawls, scarves, socks and mittens etc (smalls) in neutral colours and your larger items sweaters and tops etc in brighter colours. Is that true or a reflection on the seasons/where you live/just a coincidence of what you have been doing recently?
I’m a new knitter and very keen (at this stage) to knit items in colours I will actually wear (a lot) vs colours that look so pretty to knit but not in my comfort zone for clothing.

Have a question? Ask! I'm happy to answer questions in the show.

See you next week!

May 12, 2015

Episode Sixteen


Introduction

Find me on Ravelry and Instagram as mmontzka!

Tag your pictures of my designs or what you're knitting while watching the podcast with #stitchedinsweden so I can see them on Instagram!

Lattice shawl now available on Ravelry!

Swedish Spring Shawl is now available for download on Ravelry :) I've added an additional chart that you can download now if you would like to extend the lace edge for another repeat.

This week in Stockholm (and acquisitions) 


    Works in Progress


      Finished Projects


        Upcoming

        Spinning


        Q&A

        • Ladybythebay asks: Any tips for keeping track of where you are when knitting on charts? 
        My question for you this week is: Are you a private or public knitter?

        Have a question? Ask! I'm happy to answer questions in the show.

        See you next week!

        May 5, 2015

        Episode Fifteen

        Introduction

        Find me on Ravelry and Instagram as mmontzka!

        Tag your pictures of my designs or what you're knitting while watching the podcast with #stitchedinsweden so I can see them on Instagram!

        Lattice shawl now available on Ravelry!

        Swedish Spring Shawl is now available for download on Ravelry :) I've added an additional chart that you can download now if you would like to extend the lace edge for another repeat.

        This week in Stockholm (and acquisitions) 

        • Join the shawl KAL on Ravelry :) We will be knitting Lattice and Swedish Spring Shawls. The KAL will run from May 1st - June 5th. Check out Ravelry for more information. Use the #SpringLatticeKAL to follow along :)

          Works in Progress


            Finished Projects

              Upcoming

              Spinning


              Have a question? Ask! I'm happy to answer questions in the show.

              See you next week!

              April 28, 2015

              Episode Fourteen


              Introduction

              Find me on Ravelry and Instagram as mmontzka!

              Tag your pictures of my designs or what you're knitting while watching the podcast with #stitchedinsweden so I can see them on Instagram!

              Lattice shawl now available on Ravelry!

              Swedish Spring Shawl is now available for download on Ravelry :) I've added an additional chart that you can download now if you would like to extend the lace edge for another repeat.


              This week in Stockholm (and acquisitions) 

              • Join the shawl KAL on Ravelry :) We will be knitting Lattice and Swedish Spring Shawls. The KAL will run from May 1st - June 5th. Check out Ravelry for more information. 



              • Regia Arne and Carlos in Fall Night. Thanks for everyone who helped me find it!

                Works in Progress


                  Finished Projects

                  Upcoming


                  Spinning

                  Q&A

                  My question to you this week is: Do you knit through warmer weather? What is your favorite thing to knit in the summer? Do you find that you switch crafts? Where do you get your inspiration?

                  Suzie from Oregon asks about sizing for sweaters. I talk about this a bit, but I also recommend checking out Amy Herzog's class for more information on bust darts and sizing. Click on the banner :) 

                  Have a question? Ask! I'm happy to answer questions in the show.

                  See you next week!